Strange Behavior of 10 Weeks Old Infant

by becky

My son is 2.5 months old. Past couple of days he has exhibited a strange and rather scary behavior, which usually happens as he is getting sleepy.

He is laying on his back fussing a bit. Suddenly his arms splay out like he wants to hug you.

Then he makes a noise like he can't get a breath and his eyes seem to bug out of his head.

Each such episode lasts for about 4-5 seconds and then he gets a breath and starts to cry.

I am not sure what is happening!!!
I know little babies can have moments where their respiratory system goes weird.
Should I call my doctor?

The Expert, Ren Chats Answers

Often jittery movements and childhood tics are innocent in early infancy.

However, the sequence of events that you have narrated and well described; fussing as he is falling to sleep followed by spreading arms wide, eyeball movements, noise like he can't get a breath, changes in his pattern of breathing and a sudden cry. It all indicates subtle seizure of early infancy.

Yes, I think you should take your little son for medical evaluation. If this behavior of his turns out to be of no significance we are happy but we should not miss any underlying problem.

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1. Is Jitteriness in Newborn Babies Abnormal?

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5. Facial Twitching in 2 Month Old Baby

6. Shivering of Head and All Body While Feeding During Sleep
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Oct 20, 2015
Great post
by: Anonymous

I found this website informative. This site owner did work very well. I think you must add more posts on different topics which is helpful for your website.

Aug 21, 2015
Problem solved
by: Becky

I posted this over three years ago. It turned out that my son had Sandifer's syndrome... a severe form of reflux. I have had lots of experience with children and knew what I was seeing wasn't life threatening, but I did also consult with his doctor.

Aug 20, 2015
Consult a Doc
by: Cynthia

Of course, you should be calling doctor before you have posted this question here. If you ever doubt about the fact whether your child is facing any breathing issues, you should consult with a doctor at the soonest.

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